Ghost Ship Spearhead Arrested on 36 Counts of Manslaughter
December 2016’s 100% Silk imprint event at Oakland, California venue, “Ghost Ship,” unexpectedly sank, the function engulfed in flames that would claim the lives of thirty-six attendees that evening. The Ghost Ship warehouse blaze the product of “faulty wiring” and an outdated building that did not meet current code regulations, the building’s master tenant, Derick Almena, and its creative director, Max Harris, were arrested on thirty-six counts of involuntary manslaughter.
The case’s inspector, Christina Harbinson, classified Harris and Almena’s supervision of the structure as “reckless…creating a high risk of death.” Harbinson’s assertions stem from the warehouse’s modification, an organization that Harbinson notes as violating a “variety of safety codes” knowingly. A series of emails have been uncovered that denote Harris and Almena’s consciousness of the building’s unfit status to host large scale events, or events of any scale, for that matter.
We will update this story as new details emerge.